By Nicole Hamilton
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Frank Schlueter knew how to look beyond the surface to draw out the hidden beauty of things.
He did this with people - flashing his smile, instantly turning strangers into friends. And with old, discarded furniture - giving new life to pieces found on the side of the road.
This ability, said his daughter Gail Daggy of Evendale, was a gift that he passed on to other generations in the family.
"It's become a family trait... he saw beauty in everything. He taught us how to find peace in simple things, and to be creative and treasure your heritage," said Daggy.
Mr. Schlueter died Wednesday at Bethesda North Hospital after a long illness. The Evendale resident was 81.
"He had a warm and welcoming spirit... and such a winning smile," said another daughter, Karen Riesenberg of West Chester.
For 20 years, beginning in the 1940s, Mr. Schlueter worked alongside his father and brother in the family home-building business, Schlueter Brothers.
Serving as the carpenter, and known for his attention to detail, Mr. Schlueter did the finishing work in the homes, which were built in several areas of Cincinnati.
In the late 1960s, he left the family business and worked in real estate before becoming superintendent of highway maintenance for the state of Ohio in 1974. He retired in 1986.
Raised in Bond Hill, Mr. Schlueter graduated from Roger Bacon High School.
After graduation, he married Jewell "Julie" Harmann in 1942 and entered the Army Corps of Engineers.
Stationed in New Caledonia, he was honorably discharged in 1945.
An avid hunter and fisherman, Mr. Schlueter was a longtime member of SS Peter & Paul Church, Reading.
A son, Paul, and a sister, Alma Kamphake, died before he did.
Besides his wife and daughters, survivors include a son, Jim of Florence; a daughter, Pamela Hoyle of Fayetteville; four brothers, Edward of Kenwood, Dr. Elmer of Blue Ash, Ralph of Montgomery and Paul of West Chester; a sister, Eleanor Goldschmidt of Westwood; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 3-6 p.m. today at Schmidt-Dhonau Funeral Home, 8633 Reading Road, Reading.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at SS Peter & Paul Church, 417 W. Vine St., Reading.
Burial will be in SS Peter & Paul Cemetery, Reading.
Memorials can be made to a charity of one's choice.
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